Power restored after tree falls on lines

A Hawaii Electric Light Co. spokeswoman says power has been restored after a tree was removed from transmission lines in Ainaloa.

The outage affected 11,700 customers, mostly in Puna.

HELCO spokeswoman Rhea Lee-Moku said an albizia tree being cut by a tree trimmer on private land fell the wrong way and hit the lines at 9:59 a.m.

About 10 minutes later, lines were switched and power was restored to about 8,100 customers. Power has since been restored to the remaining customers, she said.

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